Say Goodbye to Your Gnome

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Monday, March 9, 2009
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What better way to usher out the profligate design culture of the Bush era than to have these Alien Gnome Bandits escort your Philippe Starck Gnome thingee back where it belongs–into the past. Read More

Kenny’s Paradise

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Friday, February 20, 2009
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Paradise, in wood, stucco, and stone. (All photos courtesy Crosby Doe Associates)

(Courtesy Crosby Doe Associates)

Could it be possible that Mr. San-Francisco-architecture Kenny Caldwell is tiring of the city? He is looking into the purchase of a spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright home in Los Banos, California, an “undiscovered” Central Valley town he calls “paradise.” Read More

War-torn Architecture

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Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Rebuilding and remembering in Belgrade. (Courtesy Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss)

Rebuilding and remembering in Belgrade. (Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss)

Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss sent along this thought provoking picture from his native Bosnia, as well as the following explanation: Read More

LAVA’s Green Lycra

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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If you find yourself in Sydney, Australia before June 10, you might want to run by the Customs House to see Green Void, which has an earlike affinity to Marsyas, Anish Kapoor’s 2002 sculpture for the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Read More

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Stay at Home Weekend

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Friday, January 30, 2009
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Courtesy Porsche

You probably haven’t been invited to the opening of Delugan Meissl’s spectacular looking new Porsche museum tomorrow afternoon in Stuttgart… Read More

The Alfa Architect is Back!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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Alfa Romeos Giulietta Spider.Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta Spider.

Buried deep in a New York Times article on Fiat’s proposed alliance with sad old Chrysler is a detail that will make many architects happy. As part of the deal, Chrysler will build small cars for the American market, like the Cinquecento-styled Fiat 500. But more to the design point, Chrysler will also start building Alfa Romeos for the domestic market. As it has long been the favorite of architects—from the Italian Futurists to Craig Hodgetts—let’s hope the design of the new Alfas remains in Italy with Bertone and Pininfarina. And not in Detroit.

WTC Model to NYC

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
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The National September 11 Memorial and Museum has just announced that it has been given Minoru Yamasaki’s final presentation model (he built 108 different prototypes) of the World Trade Center Tower Project. It has been donated by the American Architectural Foundation in Washington, D.C., where the model is currently on view until January 15. Read More

Rem Sees the Sea

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
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Courtesy Netherlands Society for Nature and the Environment 

OMA and Rem Koolhaas have released an ambitious plan for the North Sea that would produce all the electricity for Dutch households via offshore wind power before 2020. Commissioned by the Netherlands Society for Nature and the Environment, the plan would create North Sea wind parks as a “sustainable battery for Europe.” Read More

Brilliant Bamboo

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Friday, January 9, 2009
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Morigami Jin’s Reclining II

It’s hard enough to see all the gallery exhibitions devoted to architecture in any given New York City week, but if I also try to visit design shows, it takes every waking moment. (I missed the top floor of MoMA’s Home Delivery show, for god’s sake, even though I caught the prefabs on West 54th Street.) New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters at the Japan Society is a show I read about in the A/N diary and kept thinking: “I should run up and see this.” Well, it closes on Sunday, Read More

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Bus Stopped

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Thursday, January 8, 2009
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Future Systems proposal for the new London Routemaster Double Decker Bus was quite the departure.

Future Systems' proposal for the new London Routemaster Double Decker Bus was quite the departure. (Courtesy BD)

Architects don’t have a great track record designing vehicles that make it to the marketplace. LeCorbusier, Gropius, Zaha, and, of course, Buckminster Fuller have all tried “streamlining” their buildings and putting wheels on them but their efforts never made it past the prototype stage. Now you can add Future Systems to the list of those who have tried and failed. Read More

The Long Arrivederci

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Thursday, December 11, 2008
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The Venice biennale will just not end! It opened in the warmth of September with mobs of well-known architects in attendance and officially closed on a cold November Sunday with scores of Italian schoolchildren roaming the pavilion grounds. I locked the doors of the U.S. Pavilion, put models and drawings into shipping containers (the show will be reprised at Parsons School of Design in February), and floated our Kartell-donated furniture down the Grand Canal on a barge—just in time for the highest floods in La Serenissima’s post–global warming history. Read More

Swan Song for AR’s Finch

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Friday, November 21, 2008
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Finch and Long.

Finch and Long.

The exact details are still not entirely clear but rumors from the London architecture scene suggest that EMAP, the owner of The Architectural Review, is replacing editor Paul Finch with Kieran Long, who edits the company’s weekly magazine, The Architecture Journal.

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